How does the CCC PTA program curriculum work?

The CCC PTA program is a one-plus-one program. This means all pre-requisite courses are taken in the freshman year with general admission to the college and all PTA courses are taken in the sophomore year. There is no special application to the freshman year of college; there are selective criteria and a special application for admission to the sophomore year.

Do you accept transfer credits from other colleges?

CCC accepts transfer credit from other accredited institutions. Each transfer transcript requires review and should be submitted to the PTA program director. In the event the transfer institution was not accredited at the time classes were taken or are foreign institutions, review by the registrar will be required. Like courses will be accepted even if the course titles are not exact. In some cases a course syllabus may be required to make that determination.

Can I get financial aid?

All CCC financial aid begins with a completed FAFSA (please do this first before contacting the financial aid office).  Financial aid money is NOT available the day school starts so students should expect to pay for all books initially then if eligible, financial aid money will be available approximately 6-8 weeks after school starts. If you are using financial aid to assist with rent and other off campus expenses take into consideration the 6-8 week time frame.

Do I have time for sports?

During the freshman year, the pre-PTA student has time for all sports and music. Once admitted to the sophomore year, there is no time for team sports. Absences for sports are not allowed as a sophomore.

Can I work while in college?

As a freshman, the pre-PTA student can work as much as time permits. However, it is important to remember grades have an effect on admission to the sophomore year of the program. In the sophomore year it is highly recommended not to work more than 20 hours per week. The coursework is rigorous and there are additional labs and events that require a significant time commitment.

What are clinical experiences and when are they?

Clinical experiences are rotations into a work setting. The schedule is 40 hours per week and is frequently 8-5. However, the schedule can be in a 4 day, 10 hour day pattern or vary in hours, such as, 7-4 or 6-3 or 9-6. This is not controlled by the program so is not a choice. The clinical experiences include an acute hospital setting over 100 beds, a neurologic setting or skilled nursing facility and an outpatient setting. The length of clinical rotations includes: 3 weeks in December, 4 weeks in March, 5 weeks in May-June and 5 weeks in June-July. Four different facilities will be used. Students are given some selection ability about which facilities they practice in. The ultimate decision about location and type is up to the program Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. Students are not paid nor are they guaranteed provision of housing or food during clinical experiences.

What is required for me to be able to go to a clinical experience?

Clinical sites require the following information to allow student participation therefore all this information must be on file with the program:
1) Immunization records including: 2 MMR or titer, T-dap (less than 10 years old), 2 varicella shots or a titer, Hepatitis B (3 shots), seasonal flu (yearly), polio and current TB test (two step) or chest x-ray (good for 5 years)
2) Current criminal background check – available during program
3) Current drug test—available at student health
4) Current physical exam
5) Current CPR card—provided in program
6) Personal health insurance coverage
7) Liability insurance—provided in program

Some sites require MMR and Varicella titers even with immunizations being up to date.

Is there a waiting list to get into PTA?

There is no waiting list for PTA. Students must apply each year. Students who do not make it into the class one year or qualify for one year should plan to apply the next year. To improve the chance of success the second time, communication with the program about areas to improve is recommended.